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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Aboriginal Health Workers are ready to immunise

Date posted: 9 December 2013

Congratulations to five Aboriginal Health Workers who were awarded their certificates for successful completion of the pilot Aboriginal Health Worker immunisation course. They are currently working in the community controlled health sector and are now certified immunisation providers. 

Indigenous communities report significantly higher rates of vaccine-preventable disease than non-Indigenous communities in Western Australia (WA). These communities also had a lower level of child immunisation than the state level (83% compared with 91%). WA Health’s Communicable Disease Control Directorate, with support from the Aboriginal Health Council of WA, designed and implemented the course to encourage more Aboriginal Health Workers to be trained to administer immunisations.

Source: WA Health

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Department of Health 
189 Royal Street 
East Perth WA 6004 
PO Box 8172 
Perth Business Centre 
Perth WA 6849
Ph: (08) 9222 4222

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Last updated: 5 December 2013
 
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